Annual Reports 2014 – 2015

ANNUAL REPORT OF VIDIYEL TRUST 2014 – 2015

ACTIVITIES EXECUTED FOR THE PERIOD 2014 – 2015
Kilavilathikulam Watershed Development Project

 

Introduction

Vidiyel Trust facilitates Kilavilathikulam watershed development project with the financial attribution of NABARD in 1400 hectares that would benefits the rural masses in 7 villages of Kilavilathikulam region. We constituted Kilavilathikulam village watershed committee (KVWC) that comprises of representatives of Panchayat Raj Institution, village elders and agricultural farmers. The KVWC has 33 per cent women representatives. It has been legally registered under Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975. The KVWC acts as a project implementing body. After successful completion of CBP and IP, FIP started during this year with NABARD support.

Purpose of the Project

The prime intention of the programme is to enrich the water source for local communities to advance sustainable agricultural practices. For each structure, NABARD contributes 84% and the remaining 16% is contributed by the community.

Major Activities Executed in the Reporting Period

  • Under Full Implementation Phase (FIP), 49 farm ponds with inlet and outlet pipes, 7 sunken ponds and field bunds have been created for controlling of the overflow of water during rainy seasons.
  • Dryland horticulture seedlings were supplied to women members to plant the seedlings in their backyard and kitchen garden.
  • Raised grass seedlings along the bankment of the farm bonds to avoid soil erosion.
  • Conducted awareness programme on importance of soil test, modern  ploughing and cultivation techniques, organic farming, pest management, marketing strategy for effective cultivation and better price for their produces.  
  • Launching of Village level Mission Swatch Bharat xampaign was conducted in Oct 2014 at Ayanbommiahpuram one of the waqtershed village as per the advise of NABARD by involving Watershed committee

Impacts Assessed

  • The targeted farmers have successfully utilised the farm ponds for agricultural irrigation with prudent water practices. Of whom a significant proportion of them have better agricultural productivity.
  • Most focused farmers are using pumps with oil engines for chilli cultivation by which they promptly irrigated and saved crop. Consequently they got better yield than the other farmers those who fully depend seasonal rain only.
  • A success of the farmers with better yields have created a multiplier effect i.e the farmers in the neighbour villages are also interested to install farm pond for their agricultural practices.
  • All the members of the village committee were actively participated in the meetings and showed their inclination in raising a watershed structure for the benefits of their villagers.
  • Landless women SHG federation members have been assisted for starting self employment activities with the funds available under women livelihood development

 

 

 

AIMS INDIA PROJECT

 

 

Introduction

Vidiyel Trust with the support of AIMS India Foundation, USA, runs Student Development Centres in 30 villages of 3 clusters (Kanyakumari, Kolachel and Nilgiris). Totally 1139 rural poor children are being benefitted from these centres, where they have increased space to enhance their academic and vocational skills. Each centre has a qualified teacher and every centre has 5 volunteers. The 30 qualified teachers in day time act as para-teachers in local regular schools and in the evening hours they coach the rural children in the centres.

 

Purpose

The project objective is to enhance the academic and life education of the poor and marginalised children.

Major Activities Executed in the Reporting Period

  • Supporting Para-Teacher at Government High School in Kodangipatti in Vilathikulam block.
  • Provided learning materials to all the children in the centre.
  • Conducted sports and cultural events to the children and the winners and other participants were given prizes.
  • Provided vocabulary improvisation skills to the children in Tamil, English
  • and Hindi.

Impacts Assessed

  • Kodangipatti Govt. High school has scored 100% result in 10th public exam for the last 5 consecutive years as a result of para Teacher support provided by AIMS india to run special coachi g classes during evening and night study for the students at school premises itself.
  • Most focused children have increased their reading and writing skills in both Tamil and English.
  • Many children showed their interests in participating in sports and cultural events and a quite number of children have revealed their potentials, when provided chances.

 

WOMEN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

 

Introduction

Socialisation and saving habits have prominently increased among the women self-help groups but they often fail as entrepreneurs. Thus, to enable them to become successful women entrepreneurs by engaging and overcoming the business troubles, it has been planned to provide coaching for them.

Purpose

The purpose of the women development programme is to enrich and enhance the quality of life of the rural women.

Major Activities Executed in the Reporting Period

  • Provided business counselling for 81 women who planned to start up trade activities.
  • Facilitated the women to avail loan for carrying out income generation activities.
  • Facilitated a good number of groups to function independently with the support of panchayat level federation.

 

Impacts Assessed

  • About 43 women started up income generation programmes and most of them are successfully running up the trade.
  • There is a need for further skill upgradation amongst some of members involved in the promotion of income generation programmes.

 

                                                                                         

NABARD Farmers’ Clubs

 

 

 

Introduction

Vidiyel Trust with the support of NABARD formed NABARD Farmers’ Clubs in 14 villages (Ayan Bommaiyapuram, Vilvamarathupatti, Idaichiyurani, Meenachipuram, Kumara Shankanapuram, Lakshmipuram, Periyasamipuram, Velidupatti, Kuruvarpatti, Virusampatti, Atrankarai, Thoppampatti, K.Subaiyapuram and Kumarapuram).

Purpose

The NABARD farmers’ clubs aimed to contribute for the education and association of the farmers to have access to socio-economic and technological resources of the State.

Major Activities Executed in the Reporting Period

  • Conducted interface meetings of the farmers’ clubs with the experts, Veterinary Doctor, Manager of Soil Test Centre, Assistant Director (Agri), Assistant Agricultural Officer, Agro-Engineer Department, etc.
  • Conducted sensitisation meetings for the farmers on veterinary care. Dr.Kannabiran, Veterinary Doctor gave inputs on vet care.
  • The farmers clubs held weekly meetings to discuss about various agricultural issues.
  • Orientation camp was conducted for the Farmers club members at agriculture EXPO organized by TNAU at Madurai.

 

 

 

Impacts Assessed

  • Increased coordination among the farmers resulted through their association in the clubs.
  • Tamilnadu Mercantile bank vilathikulam  branch extended  Kisan Credit Card to 55  farmers club members Rs.50000 each .
  • The members of the Farmers’ Clubs have passed resolution to federate all the clubs and to strengthen their combined and concerted efforts as a result VVVV federation was registered with a strength of 315 members.

 

Vilathikulam Vattara Vivasaya Vilaiporul Urpathiyalarkal Kootamaippu

 

Introduction

The farmers clubs in 14 villages were federated to forge Vilathikulam Vattara Vivasaya Vilaiporul Urpathiyalarkal Kootamaippu (Vilathikulam Block farmers Agricultural Productivity Federation). It has a separate legal entity for its functioning.

Purpose

The purpose of the association is to ensure increased collectivity among the farmers through which enhancing their marketing for their agricultural products.

Major Activities Executed in the Reporting Period

  • Initially with 319 members the federation was started off, now 336 members are actively promoting their agricultural products through it. Thus, in this year 17 farmers were newly enlisted. The new members provided their due share of Rs.2000 to the federation account that amounted to Rs.34,000.
  • NABARD provided Producers Organisation Development Fund (PODF) Rs.6,30,000 to the Federation. The PODF charges interest for 6% from the Federation, whereas, the federation charges 12% interest for the members who received the loan.
  • The Federation has repaid the loan (50%) Rs.3.15 lakhs principal and the interest Rs.33019 to NABARD UNDER FTTF during  2014-15 as per due schedule.
  • Provided internal loan to the members from the federation account.
  • The programmes and accounts are constantly monitored and audited respectively by the District Development Manager, NABARD, Tuticorin.
  • The Federation has set up a separate office and functioning at this address ie. 1/38F, Madurai road, Vilathikulam since 1 Jan 2015.
  • They are involved in the process of enhance the membership of the federation to at least 500 during coming financial year.
  • They are adopting suitable marketing strategy with the consultation of Dept. marketing and Agri business and enable the federation members to get fair price for their produces  

 

Impacts Assessed

  • A unity among the farmers has been ensured. Through collective action, the federation members are in a capacity to sell their agricultural products for reasonable price.
  • The members are repaying the loan amount with any default, and there is higher probability for other members to avail the loan facilities.
  • Every 5th of the month the members are constantly participating the meeting and on the same day they repay the principal and interest amount
  • The effective functioning of the federation enable the them to upgrade it as  a company with the support of NABARD in the year to come.

 

 

Introduction

Biomass is one of the renewable energy sources and also deemed to mitigate green house gas emissions. Considering the benefits of the biomass, Vidiyel Trust installed biomass gasifier unit at Kuralaiyampatti village, from which current energy is generated and supplied to the 13 acres of a farm land and to the nearby villages for the utilisation by the farmers to run motors.

 

Purpose

  • To increase the knowledge and application of biomass among the rural masses for strengthening the renewable energy sources.

Major Activities Executed in the Reporting Period

  • Ram Krishnan visited the biomass gasifier unit and inspected the operation level of the biomass gasifier unit.
  • About 109 persons from nearby villages visited the site and learned the process of renewal energy.
  • Around 83 college and school going students from Tuticorin and Vilathikulam areas visited the plant. Dr. K.Jothimony, Executive Director of Vidiyel Trust explained the process of the bio-mass gasifier plant.

 

Impacts Assessed

  • The energy extracted from the biomass gasifier unit is utilised for electrification of Bharathiyar Community Centre.
  • The local communities have realized the significance of the biomass by using the juliflora proposis tree woods as inputs.
  • The visitors are more interested to revisit the plants to learn about the renewal energy sources.

 

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